Mike Tauchman

Mike Tauchman

33-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago Cubs
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Tauchman turned his career around a bit in 2023 with the Cubs. After struggling to a .181 batting average in 2021 with the Yankees and Giants, the veteran outfielder decided to spend his 2022 season in Korea. The time away seemed to help, as Tauchman lifted his average to .252 over 108 games with Chicago. He also posted a .740 OPS, which was his best mark since recording an .865 OPS for the Yankees back in 2019. The 33-year-old also chipped in eight home runs and seven stolen bases, and he saw some time as the Cubs' leadoff hitter. Tauchman is probably best suited to serve as a fourth outfielder, especially if promising 21-year-old Pete Crow-Armstrong can seize the reins in center heading into 2024. However, Cody Bellinger seems to be headed out the door, so there is playing time to go around. The left-hand hitting Tauchman could be a good platoon partner, though Crow-Armstrong also bats from the left side. Tauchman may ultimately start the year as the primary center fielder, at least until Crow-Armstrong shows he's ready for an everyday role. Read Past Outlooks
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#578
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$Signed a one-year, $1.95 million contract with the Cubs in January of 2024.
Avoids arbitration
OFChicago Cubs
January 11, 2024
Tauchman signed a one-year, $1.95 million contract with the Cubs on Thursday to avoid arbitration, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Tauchman slashed .252/.363/.377 with 48 RBI across 401 plate appearances during his first season with the Cubs, earning a $1.23 million raise in the process. He'll likely begin the season as Chicago's primary center fielder, though the impending arrival of Pete Crow-Armstrong could eventually put a dent into Tauchman's playing time.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
63
1
1
6
4
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
1
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2023
Even Split
2022
No Stats
2021
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021vs Left .658 96 13 1 8 2 .222 .337 .321
Since 2021vs Right .688 496 73 11 55 8 .230 .337 .351
2023vs Left .741 56 10 1 7 2 .250 .345 .396
2023vs Right .739 345 54 7 41 5 .253 .365 .374
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Left .537 40 3 0 1 0 .182 .325 .212
2021vs Right .574 151 19 4 14 3 .180 .273 .301
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2022
No Stats
2021
 
 
+27%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021Home .727 265 44 3 27 5 .260 .375 .352
Since 2021Away .648 327 42 9 36 5 .204 .307 .342
2023Home .817 195 37 3 26 3 .289 .402 .415
2023Away .668 206 27 5 22 4 .219 .325 .343
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Home .483 70 7 0 1 2 .183 .300 .183
2021Away .615 121 15 4 14 1 .179 .275 .340
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Stat Review
How does Mike Tauchman compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.65
 
BB Rate
14.0%
 
K Rate
21.4%
 
BABIP
.313
 
ISO
.125
 
AVG
.252
 
OBP
.363
 
SLG
.377
 
OPS
.739
 
wOBA
.333
 
Exit Velocity
88.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.4%
 
Barrels/PA
3.5%
 
Expected BA
.267
 
Expected SLG
.400
 
Sprint Speed
23.4 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
47.2%
 
Line Drive %
23.6%
 
Fly Ball %
29.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Tauchman is back in the states on a minor-league pact with the Cubs following a stint last season in Korea. The 32-year-old had a terrific year with the bat in 2019 with the Yankees when the ball was juiced, but that looks like a clear outlier compared to the rest of his career. Even if he manages to land a roster spot with the Cubs, it's unlikely he'll be relevant in fantasy leagues.
Tauchman was an integral component of the Yankees' "next man up" approach to the 2020 season. With all three outfield starters exiting summer camp with injuries, Tauchman was in line to be a key cog in the Bronx. He indeed received a good amount of playing time, but his newfound power vanished. Some may have been a less lively ball, but that doesn't account for a 30-foot drop in average flyball distance, from 322.5 feet to 292.3 feet. Tauchman's average exit velocity on flyballs dipped 6 mph, explaining his failure to hit any homers, despite being a lefty in Yankee Stadium. The power may have disappeared, but Tauchman was perfect on six steal attempts for the second straight season. With a healthy outfield and the emergence of Clint Frazier, Tauchman must exhibit some pop in spring training if he wants to carve out a 2021 role. That said, the injury history of his teammates suggests playing time could be there.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman has oodles of money to work with, but he deserves a lot of credit for finding overlooked talent. Tauchman is his latest success story. Deemed an encumbrance on the Rockies' 40-man roster, Tauchman was traded to the Yankees on March 23 in exchange for reliever Phillip Diehl. Diehl went on to post a 7.36 ERA over 10 appearances while Tauchman went on to be worth 2.6 fWAR in a mere 296 PA. His offensive rate stats were off the charts and on defense he ranked among the top 10 qualifying outfielders in Outs Above Average (which is not a rate stat). His K% was a manageable 24% and Tauchman walked 11.5% of the time. Obviously we can't extrapolate his 2019 numbers over a full season or even guarantee a regular role, but a lefty hitter in Yankee Stadium with these skills on both sides of the ball should warrant serious attention on draft day.
Tauchman seemed like a long shot to spend any time in the big leagues heading into the season. The Rockies had re-signed Carlos Gonzalez and had a host of other options vying for outfield spots. However, Tauchman turned a monstrous spring training effort into an Opening Day assignment in the big leagues. He did little with it, ultimately producing a lowly .319 OPS in 37 plate appearances before being demoted. He wound up spending much of the summer raking at Triple-A, slashing .323/.408/.571 with 20 home runs for Albuquerque, though that wasn't enough to get a September callup. With Gonzalez and Gerardo Parra now out of the picture in Colorado, Tauchman has an outside chance of getting back to the big leagues this season, though there would still need to be a bevy of injuries for him to see any significant time.
In 110 games at Albuquerque, Tauchman posted an outstanding .331/.386/.555 line with 16 homers and 80 RBI. He also swiped 16 bases and produced a solid 40:73 BB:K. This earned Tauchman a promotion to the big leagues when injuries struck the Rockies' regulars. His performance in the majors was nothing to write home about, although his 15.6 percent walk rate is an encouraging mark in a small sample. Unfortunately for the 27-year-old, there is a logjam in Colorado's outfield even after the departure of Carlos Gonzalez. Charlie Blackmon is cemented in center field, and Gerardo Parra, Raimel Tapia and David Dahl are jockeying for corner-outfield spots. Ian Desmond can also play the outfield, so Tauchman seems to be on the outside looking in for a big-league roster spot. He can likely be passed over in most leagues, but he could be worth a look as a temporary fill-in if injuries give him a chance to play regularly for a stretch.
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Not in Saturday's lineup
OFChicago Cubs
September 30, 2023
Tauchman will not start Saturday's game against the Brewers, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Goes deep in loss
OFChicago Cubs
September 27, 2023
Tauchman went 1-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Wednesday's 6-5, extra-inning loss to Atlanta.
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Idle against lefty
OFChicago Cubs
September 24, 2023
Tauchman isn't in the Cubs' lineup Sunday against Colorado, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports.
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Sitting versus lefty
OFChicago Cubs
September 19, 2023
Tauchman is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Pirates.
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Out of lineup again
OFChicago Cubs
September 13, 2023
Tauchman is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game in Colorado, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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